Be a Mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Kane and Kendall Counties
WhenIt's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.
Where70 South River Street& various sites in Southern Kane & Kendall CountyAurora, IL 60506
About our volunteers...who and how volunteers join:
Big Brothers and Big Sisters "Bigs" are men and women who are at least 18 years old, live or work in Southern Kane or Kendall County, and have the desire to make a long lasting difference in a child's life. A Big is a special friend and mentor, building a relationship and supporting their Little Brother/Sister on a one-to-one basis. Bigs and Little spend quality time together at least twice a month for a minimum of one year enjoying recreational, cultural and educational activities, and participating in agency-sponsored group activities - anything that lets a child know that someone else cares for them, pays attention to them and lets them safely enjoy their childhood. Our volunteers are thoroughly screened by our professional staff through:
q A criminal background check and driving record check
q A one-to-one in-home interview with professional staff
q Personal and professional reference checks
- Tell us your interests and preferences so we can match you with a child who suits your personality - it will help build a long-lasting friendship!
- We need volunteers who commit to the program for a minimum of one year, but we are interested in creating relationships that last much longer because longer matches lead to better outcomes for the kids!
Community-Based ProgramIn the community-based program, Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers provide youth - our "Littles" - individualized time and attention on a regular basis, typically 2-3 times a month, for two to three hours. During these outings, filled with conversations and shared activities, they develop a relationship that helps youth manage the every day challenges that are part of "growing up". During the time with their Big, children gain new skills, explore new interests, and expand their experiences beyond their family or neighborhood.
Through our school-based program, volunteers offer children and youth individualized time and attention on a consistent basis at the child's school rather than in the community. Teachers identify children who can benefit from an extra caring adult in their lives. Volunteers and children meet regularly during the school year - typically each week for one hour after school, utilizing the resources available within the school: computer labs, the library, the gym, a classroom, or the schoolyard. Bigs and Littles have fun while working on academic, emotional, and social skills.
- Child Development
- Counseling / Mental Health
- Youth Services
- Community Outreach
- Relationship Building
Good Match For
Teens People 55+
Requirements & Commitment
- Driver's License Needed
- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
- Orientation or Training
- 2-3 Times a month for a minimum of 12 months
- Enrollment fee $25 to help with background checks